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Anna Laney

Call 1998

"Her advocacy is first rate and her paperwork excellent. She manages complicated, intense disputes very easily and highly commendably."
(Chambers UK 2020)

International Arbitration

Anna is instructed regularly in relation to substantial disputes, particularly in the Middle East. As regards international arbitration, she has experience of working under both the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and LCIA Arbitration Rules and ADCCAC Procedural Regulations.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Acting on behalf of contractor in relation to a dispute arising out of the construction of a hotel in Abu Dhabi.  Issues concerning scope of contractual obligations under the FIDIC Red Book Rules, instruction of additional works, independence of the Engineer as regards his decisions, causes of delay and disruption and valuation issues.
  • Acting on behalf of contractor in relation to a new development in Dubai where the employer alleged that the piling works were defective, preventing the development from being undertaken.  Arguments concerning the adequacy of the pile construction and responsibility for project delay.
  • Acting as junior on behalf of the generator in a dispute arising out of the construction of a power and water plant in Bahrain. Multi-billion dollar claims advanced, including claims for a reduction in the tariff (both water and power), extensive remedial works claimed by the off taker (as opposed to the generator), together with significant counterclaims for unpaid capacity charges. Significant claims in relation to delay, including the impact of the Arab Spring as certain embassies advise their nationals to leave the country.
  • In respect of the same project, acting as lead counsel in respect of the claim “down the line” by the Generator against the Contractor, where the arguments need to be effectively reversed.
  • Acting as junior in a claim for the equivalent of £500M arising out of a construction project in Dubai, where defective design (undertaken by independent consultants) caused significant delay costs when key parts of the structure proved to be unbuildable.
  • Acting as Junior in relation to claim for US$50M arising out a construction project in Bulgaria. Claims relating to both allegedly defective works and significant delay / project cost overruns consequent upon unforeseen ground conditions.
  • Acting as junior in claim for US$20M against sub-contractor for wrongful determination of contract relating to construction of a sports complex in Beirut on behalf of UK based main contractor. Delay issues included the use of the site by the army as a gun emplacement.

Selected Cases

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“She is incredibly knowledgeable in construction disputes. I have been very impressed with both Anna’s technical knowledge and legal advice.”; “She is outstanding with clients and really puts them at their ease, giving a firm impression that she is on their side.”

Chambers UK Bar 2020

“A highly regarded junior.”

Legal 500 2020

“In court she was superb: in control and very attentive to the judge’s requirements.”

Chambers UK Bar 2019

“Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She’s a very effective advocate…Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful.”

Chambers UK Bar 2018

“A fabulous lawyer, who is great with clients and very responsive…Great at cutting out the waffle and putting matters in the right order to achieve results in hopeless cases.”

Legal 500 2017

“She’s quick to identify the commercial issues”; “as well as being a robust advocate she often finds the small point of detail which turns the case.”

Chambers UK Bar 2016

“Her swift focus is unsettling for opponents and commands confidence in her submissions”; “she tailors her approach to the specific case with a view to achieve the best outcome for the client.”

Legal 500 2016

“She is a team player who is robust and decisive and who provides very clear in advice.”

Chambers UK Bar 2015

“Expert across a range of fields, from ground works to engineering”; “a very good communicator who gives clear and straightforward legal advice.”

Legal 500 2015

“Tremendously enthusiastic, she is an energetic, hard-working and effective advocate.”

Chambers UK Bar 2014

“Sharp, authoritative and robust on her feet”; “a tremendous asset”; “a popular choice for construction related arbitrations.”

Legal 500 2014

“An absolutely excellent senior junior. She is always on top of things, has very good tactical sense, and if you see her name on the pleadings you know you’re in for a fight.”

Chambers UK Bar 2013

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